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Isolo Fire disaster: Ambode commiserates with family of burnt children



Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has commiserated with the family of the three children who lost their lives when fire gutted a section of some lock-up shops at Rainbow Avenue, Jakande Estate, Isolo, Lagos on Friday, expressing deep regrets over the unfortunate incident.

The Governor, who sent a delegation led by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Governor, Michael Ola-Dawodu, noted that the loss of any life is always painful, how much more losing three kids to a preventable fire incident.

“It is indeed an unfortunate incident and words cannot really express our sadness as a government over the loss of three innocent lives, who have become victims of an incident they know nothing about. It is indeed a pathetic situation and we can only express our condolence and commiserate with the bereaved family over this incident,” the governor stated.

Governor Ambode also use the visit to express government’s worry over the frequent flouting of relevant environmental laws in the state, adding that it is the disobedience of the law banning sleeping in markets and shops that has led to the unfortunate incident that claimed the life of the young ones.

The governor warned residents of the state, especially the market men and women to desist from disobeying the laws, noting that the full weight of the law will come to bear on any one found flouting the laws banning sleeping in market places and other public facilities illegally, as the government is more resolved and will go to any length to ensure the safety of lives and properties in the state.

“The death of these three children is avoidable only if we as a people are determined to obey the laws and desist from sleeping in the markets or garages for whatever reason.

“The government put these laws in place not only to ensure sanity in the market but to prevent avoidable incidents such as this unfortunate one, and in order for us to forestall a re-occurrence of incidents such as this, the laws must be enforced and offenders must face the music”, Ambode stated.

He enjoined landlord association, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) as well as other owners of buildings and commercial properties to ensure they have detailed information about their tenants and users of their facilities and the nature of the business they do, while enjoining them to educate their tenants on the dangers of keeping combustive items and inflammable substance in their shops or residence.

While narrating the cause of the fire, Director of the State’s Fire Service, Razaq Fadipe stated that a commercial bus loaded with kegs of petroleum products loss control and rammed into another stationery vehicle which resulted in a bid fire that spread to the shops and other vehicles around.

The fire incident which started at about 2.30am in the morning of Friday completely razed about 12 lock-up shops and 3 commercial buses within the estate and three children, Christiana 12, Feranmi 8 and Pelumi 6 of the same parent were burnt to death before help could come their way.

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APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme



The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has opened applications for its 2022 Young Professional Programme (YPP).
The programme provides opportunity for young professionals to enhance their knowledge of the organisation and international trade issues.

In 2021, 14 professionals out of 2,400 candidates were selected for the programme from Bangladesh, Belize, Dominican Republic, Eswatini, Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.

WTO said “The YPP is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience which can help open the door for future professional opportunities in the field of multilateral diplomacy and global trade.

“The YPP selection gives preference to young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO and whose nationals are currently under-represented or not represented in the organization’s Secretariat.

“The programme is part of the Secretariat’s overall goal to increase its diversity to better reflect the make-up of its membership.”

To be eligible, applicants must be of age 32 as of January 1, 2022, and selected candidates will work at the WTO secretariat for one year, starting from the beginning of next year.

The areas of work at the programme includes accessions, agriculture, dispute settlement, intellectual property rights, market access, media and external relations, WTO rules, trade and development, trade and environment, trade in services and investment, trade facilitation, trade policy analysis and trade-related technical assistance.

WTO said candidates must have advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work; must possess relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.

Equally, candidates must similarly have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.

The trade organisation further said selected candidates will be paid $3821.66 (N1,454,141.63 million) monthly and applications can be accessed on the WTO e-Recruitment website and should be completed no later than 29 April 2021.

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Buhari receives briefing from Osinbajo



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President had last Thursday returned to the country after a16-day medical trip to London, United Kingdom.

He left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs as well as other security sector managers.

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Gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap officer




A police officer has been abducted in an attack on Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday morning.

This comes three days after the state Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Center were attacked while 1,884 inmates released.

A resident of Mbieri said the gunmen released the suspects in custody.

However, the policemen on duty were said to have engaged the attackers in a gun duel but they were reportedly overpowered by the gunmen who had sophisticated weapons.

A community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told newsmen that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt but only freed the suspects in detention after vandalizing it.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station but did not go into details.

It was gathered that aside the officer who was abducted, two others sustained injuries in the incident which is the second major attack on a police station since an armed gang invaded the state police headquarters on Monday.

The Police authorities have blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.

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